Music is taught at all levels in the College and is a core subject for Junior and Leaving Certificate. Primary and First Form students all have one double period of music per week, while those who choose it as a Junior Certificate subject in Second Form have three periods a week. Music in Transition Year is taught as an Academic subject with students having four periods a week, and Fifth and Sixth Form music students have five periods per week. One of these periods is devoted to Music Technology. The practical element with regard to music performance is an important feature of both Junior and Leaving Certificate exams. Junior Cert students must perform four pieces/songs for 25% of the total overall mark. Leaving Certificate students have the option of performing four pieces/songs and sitting a Music Technology exam, which accounts for 50% of the overall mark. If their performance standard is extremely high, they may choose an option of performing a recital of six pieces and no technology, which will account for 50%. The course is varied, enjoyable and challenging, and is popular with our music students.
Music performance is an integral part of life in the College, be it for examination purposes or concerts or soirees. We have a dedicated peripatetic music staff and at present we teach the following instruments:
- Guitar: Alan Grundy and Tina Lawlor
- Piano: Susan Taylor, Kathy Snowe, Beata Batinska and Anne Murnaghan
- Voice: Sylvia O'Regan and Lisa Mc Guiness
- Clarinet/ Saxophone: Patrick Hughes
- Organ: Frank Hughes
- Violin: Beata Batinska
- Cello: Anne Murnaghan
- Theory: Anne Murnaghan
Our new music building, the Cadogan, has recently been fully refurbished, with wonderful teaching and performing facilities. I hope we can extend our range of instrumental facilities in the future and include some brass, percussion and hopefully harp teaching.